It’s a battle of bag (and brand) supremacy today, as we face-off two of the most established handbags in the history of high fashion – the Louis Vuitton Epi Cluny versus the Saint Laurent Moujik Bag. Two equally gorgeous arm candies vying for a spot in our hearts…with a structure that’s unmistakably so similar, what makes them stand-out from one another? Tune in as we dig deeper into the details.
Round 1: Crunching numbers
First, we’ve got to come clean with the details – the Epi Cluny (for reference, we are using the standard Cluny MM), a classic favorite, measures around 12.5″ x 9″ x 4.9″ inches (L x H x W). On the other hand, the Moujik measures around 12.1” x 9.4” x 5.5” inches (L x H x W), which barely makes it a bit bigger. A little space wouldn’t hurt, though. For this round, the Moujik emerges as the obvious winner, by a close call.
Round 2: Material
Both of these babies are structured bags, which make the designs streamlined. The Moujik is a pretty piece which is made of calf leather, which is known for its softness and fine grain. Very durable, indeed. Meanwhile, the Epi cowhide leather which LV is known for is grained and textured, and is equally easy to maintain. Although it’s basically anyone’s game, we decide that the Epi Cluny stands out at this point – the unique characteristic of the material had us sold.
Round 3: Nitty-gritty details
The Epi Cluny and Moujik are both winners in the minimalist department, because most of the time, less is more. Both of them have magnetic snap closure, and extra compartments for you to store your valuables.
Although we would like to point out that at this round, the Moujik caught our eyes with the subtle details – with a removable metal padlock and leather-encased keyring, we just find this Saint Laurent favorite too irresistible. On the other hand, the Epi Cluny decides to keep it on the low with minimal silver hardware, which is beautiful too. Obviously, we have to give this round to the Moujik.
Round 4: Color-coded
The availability of colors and variations of a bag are important too – it makes us consider a wise purchase from an obvious flop. In this round, the Epi Cluny gives us more choices – with four great colors to choose from (Grenade, Rosa Ballerine, Dune, and Noir). The Moujik comes in two basic colors (Black and Lipstick Red), and even a variation that has a front flap with an embossed crocodile effect. And because we love our bashful neutrals, this round goes to the Epi Cluny.
Round 5: Pricetag
The Epi Cluny MM is priced at $2870 USD or €1980 EUR, while the Moujik sells at $2490 USD up to $3850 USD for the embossed crocodile variation. This round, we’ve declared a draw between both bags, since the differences in material and fluctuations of currency and rates make it difficult to determine a winner.
At this point, the decision is up to you. So, have you determined your next purchase? Comment below to let us find out what you think!Louis Vuitton
Shortly after we dropped a review about the Louis Vuitton Lockme II bag, Adrena sent us this message: ‘It resembles the Saint Laurent Moujik Bag, can you do a comparison?’
And yes, we want to.
So we took an image of the ’Lockme 2 Bag’ and the ‘Moujik Bag’. We compared the looks:
One large obvious difference is the front flap. The Lockme2 Bag has a larger flap while the Moujik Bag’s flap doesn’t even cover 50% of the front.
But there are also similarities – the luggage tag, the leather strap, the shape is not entirely the same but it’s close to. And both of the top handles are connected to the bag with eyelets.
Another obvious different is the LV closure on the front, while the Saint Laurent bag logo is printed very small on the flap.
The interior is also quite interesting. Both have two roomy compartments, one large and one small. The Moujik Bag has one more internal slot pocket while the Lockme 2 Bag has 1 inside pocket, 2 smartphone pockets.
On the exterior, the Moujik Bag features one back slot pocket.
If you take a closer look, there is one hidden difference that makes the Lockme 2 Bag quite interesting. It’s the 2 press buttons on the sides of the bag. These buttons are made to expand or tighten the bag depending on how much essentials you’re carrying. It makes the bag more comfortable to carry as its flexible and you can adjust to your needs.
The Saint Laurent Moujik Bag has been around longer than the Lockme 2 Bag, and furthermore, the Lockme 2 Bag is the upgrade and modernized version of the Lockme Bag.
About the Sizes & Prices:
Saint Laurent Medium Moujik Bag
Measuring: 12.1 x 9.4 x 5.5 inches
Price: $2490 USD
Louis Vuitton Lockme 2 Bag
Measuring: 11 x 7.9 x 4.3 inches
Price: $2910 USD
Conclusion: the Saint Laurent Moujik Bag has a longer history and its larger in size, and cheaper. The Louis Vuitton Lockme 2 Bag is quite new, but it has more interesting functions and features, it’s smaller and a bit more expensive.
Honestly, which one would you choose?